31 Oct

NZ Olive Oil Makes Unwanted Food Miles List

A boutique olive oil is the latest New Zealand product to be singled out in Britain as environmentally unfriendly because of the so-called food miles, or amount of fuel it takes to get it to market. Hawke’s Bay olive producers The Village Press is listed today in Britain’s Guardian newspaper as one of ten eco-crimes […]

30 Oct

Extra special oil secures award

By Riccarda Burley, BORDER olive oil producer Gooramadda Olives has won one of the most coveted industry awards of the year, the Carol L’Heureux Award for Best Oil, at the 10th National Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards. Proprietors Kathy and Jos Weemaes, who have been producing oil since 2001, also took out the first […]

26 Oct

Aussie scientists in olive breakthrough

Australian ingenuity means olive scraps usually thrown out after oil-making could soon be saved and bottled as a therapeutic remedy for heart patients. Scientists at Charles Sturt University and the Heart Research Institute have discovered that the dregs of olive oil have anti-inflammatory benefits. The pulp contains over 100 antioxidants, several of which they believe […]

16 Oct

Wairarapa olive growers scoop national awards

By Joe Dawson, Wairarapa’s reputation as a producer of quality olive oil has received a boost, with the region’s growers taking out more gold medals at the recent national Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards. Of 47 gold medals awarded, 11 were to Wairarapa groves. Those medals went to Kilrae Olives, Leafyridge Olives, Ruakokoputuna Olives (all […]

16 Oct

Olive, olive olive… oil, oil, oil

WHAT’S the biggest challenge for any food producer? Probably consistency – because customers expect the same quality from a brand every time. Meeting customer expectation will be a hard job for the olive oil industry this year. The 2005 season produced balanced, fruity, luscious oils of high quality across the state. This season, however, Victoria […]